Product Type: Microsoft game controllers
Newest Review: ... up but takes time. They do provide you with a smiley face on a card to help calibrate your Kinect but this doesn't help the fact that it m... more
Use the Force!
Member Name: Larrabee
Advantages: A bit like magic!
Disadvantages: Not enough games titles available yet
I got my Kinect sensor at the same time as my Xbox 360 as I had tried out a friend's and was completely taken with the idea. I still use my Kinect regularly months later so it was a good decision and I've got my money's worth!
The kinect is a sensor separate to the console itself that you place in front of the TV and is connected via wires to the Xbox. It isn't unattractive but it is bigger than I expected. Its a sleek black colour so wouldn't look out of place with most modern televisions.
The Kinect is, basically, like magic. I'm not that old but to me it seems like the sort of futuristic wondrous invention we could only dream of as children playing tetris on chunky gameboys! With no controller at all the kinect can sense your body's movements and instantaneously translate them to actions within the game. The first time I used my hand to make selections I really did feel like a Jedi using the force!
The Kinect was incredibly easy to set up, it was as simple as plugging it all in and then following simple on screen instructions. It did take a little while as the kinect has to assess the room its placed in and things like background noise, but it wasn't really much of an inconvenience at all.
The novelty of using your body as the controller hasn't worn off yet, it really gives the Kinect the edge over the Wii as it is so much quicker and easier to just turn on and start playing without having to faff around with various bits of equipment.
The only downside to the Kinect is that as of yet there aren't really all that many games being produced that use it, and most of them are of the fitness/sport/dance variety. I enjoy these games and I do think the Kinect can be a great tool for keeping fit as you get a really good whole body workout from some of these games in the comfort of your own home. However, it would be nice to see more games that use the Kinect and also engage the brain a bit, keeping you absorbed rather than just sweating!
Summary: I'd definitely recommend, I love mine!